Dynasties in North Rhine-Westphalia

The chocolate kings of the Rhine

A place for connoisseurs: the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, now exactly 25 years old. Inseparably connected with the names Imhoff and Stollwerck - the chocolate kings of the Rhine. Stollwerck, the family dynasty: for 177 years it stood for "Sweets of the Rhine". And Hans Imhoff, the successful entrepreneur from the southern part of Cologne: he saved the company from bankruptcy in the 1970s and led it to new successes. For many, his best idea: a museum on the "cultural history of chocolate and cocoa", which Imhoff opened directly on the Rhine in 1993. At the heart of the exhibition is a chocolate fountain where every visitor can taste as much as they like. The museum and fountain have been a huge success ever since: more than 600,000 visitors come here every year. The Stollwerck company, on the other hand, did not fare so well in the end under Hans Imhoff's leadership: after severe crises - and shortly before the death of the patriarch - the Cologne site was finally closed down in 2005. The end of the rule of the Chocolate Kings of the Rhine.

First broadcast: Fri., October 26, 2018, 20:15, WDR.

Length 45'
Year 2018
Genre documentary
Format 16:9 HDTV
Director Lukas Hoffmann
Boadcast WDR